The Upper Arlington High School field hockey team has had seven consecutive winning seasons, but continuing that streak won't be easy as the starting lineup is almost completely revamped.

The Upper Arlington High School field hockey team has had seven consecutive winning seasons, but continuing that streak won't be easy as the starting lineup is almost completely revamped.

UA, which last season finished 9-8-1 and defeated Lancaster 2-0 in the first round of the state-qualifying tournament before losing to Columbus Academy 5-1 in the second round, lost 12 graduates. It also lost starting goalie Amy Kandel, who did not return for her junior season.

"We have a great group of girls," said second-year coach McKenzie Hufford, whose team opened last Monday against Granville and played Hartley last Wednesday. "They're real positive coming into the season. We have a lot of first-year varsity (players), but they're going to be like sponges and we've got great leaders, on and off the field.

"My No. 1 goal is for the girls to have fun. Obviously, when you're winning, you're having fun. Right now we're setting our goals small and we will re-evaluate those goals as time goes on. Ultimately, we want to win the state championship, but we're not thinking about that right now."

UA, which will play Sept. 4 at Lancaster, returns eight letterwinners in seniors Lindsay Gardner (midfielder), Colina Hilyard (midfielder), Kalli Sisterhen (forward) and Nicolette Tangi (forward), juniors Susan Dappen (forward), Kelsey Kessler (midfielder), Alice O'Neill (defender) and Caroline Wulf (defender) and sophomore Emily Messick (forward). Dappen, Hilyard, O'Neill and Tangi were starters last season.

Also on the team are seniors Ashley Johnson (midfielder) and Katie Maisenbacher (forward), juniors Danielle Endicott (midfielder) and Erin Williams (forward), sophomores Emily Fitz (forward), Kristy Helscel (defender) and Sydney Stype (goalie) and freshman Madison Collins (defender).

Others who could see action are junior Liz Mead (defender), sophomore Emma Friar (defender) and freshman Molly Schindler (midfielder).

"Last year the girls had the challenge of having a new coach and I had the challenge of coming into a new program," Hufford said. "After (last) season, I reflected on things and adjusted my approach to coaching. This year, the girls know what my expectations are and what to expect from me. I think things are going much smoother this year."

One of the keys to the Bears' success is finding scorers to replace the offensive production they lost to graduation. Four of their top six scorers a year ago graduated, including midfielder Kelly Roderick, who led the team with eight goals. Also lost were forward Caroline Blosser (7 goals), midfielder Hannah Griebner (4) and forward Elizabeth Narwicz (4).

Dappen scored six goals and Hilyard scored four last year.

"This team is very scrappy," Hufford said. "They're just going to go in there with nothing to lose. As time goes on, they'll get used to playing together and they'll see the passing lanes better. Sooner or later, we'll be a threat on the forward line."

At a glance

•Coach: McKenzie Hufford, second season

•Next game: Sept. 4 at Lancaster

•Key players: Susan Dappen, Colina Hilyard, Alice O'Neill and Nicolette Tangi